Cooper Motor Corporation

The Cooper Motor Corporation, also known as CMC Motors Group Limited, is the fifth-largest importer of vehicles and fifth-largest car-assembly company in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community.[1][2]

CMC Motors Group Limited
IndustryAutomotive industry
FounderClement Hirtzel
Area served
East Africa:
KM, DJ, KE, TZ, UG, ER, ET, MZ, MS, MW, RE, MG, BI, RW, SO1/2, SC, YT, SS, ZM, ZW
ProductsAutomobiles, Buses, Pickups, Tractors and commercial vehicles
ParentAl-Futtaim Group


The company headquarters are located between Lusaka Road and Bunyala Road in the Industrial Area of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the largest city in that country. The manufacturing unit and vehicle assembly plants are on Bunyala Road, while the showrooms are on Lusaka Road. Workshop Road connects the two locations. The coordinates of the company headquarters are:1°17'57.0"S, 36°49'39.0"E (Latitude:-1.299167; Longitude:36.827500).[3]


CMC was founded in 1912 by Clement Hirtzel under the name Nairobi Motor Garage, in Nairobi the capital of what was at that time known as British East Africa. The company started its activities with the importation of the Ford Model T. Nairobi Motor Garage was the first company that distributed vehicles in British East Africa, which today is known as the Republic of Kenya. With the initial sales of the Ford Model T, NMG took up 52% market share of automobile sales in Kenya at that time.

In July 1948, the company was bought by one Mr. Allen and another Mr. Cooper, who had relocated from the United Kingdom to Nairobi. The company's name was changed to Cooper Motor Corporation Private Limited, to reflect the new ownership. New products were introduced including the Land Rover, which was a success in a lot of African markets. Over the decades, the company has developed into a major importer for several different brands. CMC has maintained a relationship with Ford Motor Company and have sold a variety of pick-up trucks and van models from the American vehicle manufacturer.

Over the years, the company introduced other brands like Volkswagen, Mazda, Škoda, Maruti, Suzuki, Iveco, Nissan Diesel, Bobcat, Liebherr, Case CE, Case IH, New Holland into the market.

CMC's CKD assembling of cars began in 1974 with the new Volkswagen Golf. It was followed by the Volkswagen Santana and by the models Volkswagen Jetta and Volkswagen Transporter in the mid-nineties.

For the Mazda brand, the 323, 626 and Rustler were assembled in Kenya. Currently the CMC is only assembling the truck model T3500 and the BT-50 for Mazda.

CMC next introduced the Maruti brand to the Kenyan market with the small car Maruti 800 and the SUV Maruti Gypsy King. The Maruti range was completed with the Maruti Omni some years later. The latest product is the Maruti Suzuki Swift which is only imported and not official distributed through CMC.

In the 1990s the CMC introduced the Suzuki brand to the East African market with the Suzuki Vitara and the Suzuki Alto. Later the Vitara was replaced by the Suzuki Grand Vitara and the model range was completed with the Suzuki Jimny and Suzuki SX4.

The most recently introduced brand was in 2004 with Škoda and their small car Škoda Fabia, followed by the sedan version, which is assembled as the Škoda Octavia for the East African market.

For the Ford partnership, the CMC had assembled the Ford Escort, the Ford Telstar and the Ford Laser. Currently assembled models are the Ford F-250 (2004 version), the Ford Ranger THA (2004 version), Ford Focus C307 and the Ford Territory (SX model).[4]

Assembled vehiclesEdit

Corporate structureEdit

As of February 2015, the holding company whose shares were previously listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange is known as CMC Holdings Limited. The subsidiaries owned by the holding company include the following:[2][5][6]

  1. CMC Motors Group - Nairobi, Kenya
  2. CMC Motors Finance - Nairobi, Kenya
  3. Cooper Motors Corporation - Kampala, Uganda
  4. Hughes Motors Limited - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  5. Hughes Agriculture Limited - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


CMC Holdings Limited and all its subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are wholly owned by the Al-Futtaim Group, based in the United Arab Emirates.[1][5][6]


  1. ^ a b Juma, Victor (16 April 2014). "CMC Buyout Ends As Al-Futtaim Pays Owners KSh7.5 Billion". Business Daily Africa (Nairobi). Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b CMC, . (2014). "Overview of CMC Motors Group Limited". (CMC). Retrieved 12 February 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Google, . "Location of CMC Motors Group Headquarters At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 12 February 2015. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ CMC, . (2014). "History of CMC Motors Group Limited". (CMC). Retrieved 12 February 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b Duncan, Gillian (10 September 2015). "Al-Futtaim To Acquire Kenyan Auto Company". The National (Abu Dhabi). Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  6. ^ a b Business Daily Reporter, . (12 February 2015). "CMC Holdings Delisted From Nairobi Securities Exchange". Business Daily Africa (Nairobi). Retrieved 12 February 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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Coordinates: 01°17′57″S 36°49′39″E / 1.29917°S 36.82750°E / -1.29917; 36.82750